Tishaura Jones elected first Black woman mayor of St. Louis

April 7 (UPI) — St. Louis voters have elected Tishaura Jones as mayor, making her the first Black woman to lead the city.

Jones, the city’s treasurer, secured 52% of the vote to Alderwoman Cara Spencer’s 48%, according to the unofficial tally from the St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners, St. Louis Public Radio reported.

Only some 3,000 votes separated the two candidates in an election that saw a 29% turnout, the commissioners said.

Before her supporters Tuesday night, Jones said this election was an opportunity for the city “to rise” and that her administration will neither shrink from tough conversations nor from confronting racism.

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